I have a couple silkie hens who have been laying fertilized eggs the past few days. I have been home 20 out of 24 hours each day, including mornings. There is DEFINITELY no one crowing. Not even a little. We are keeping a no-roo policy for our neighbors' sakes, and because we have 2 dozen hens in the 'burbs. All but two young cochins are laying regularly. I do have a cochin pullet, 6 1/2 months, who looks identical to her sister pullet except for the very glossy, shiny , pointy hackle feathers on her neck. She is a bit more dominant, she used to challenge me when I'd clean the coop, and she is very hen-shaped. No comb or wattle development. From my experience, cochin males are very loud & very male by 3-4 months. Could Nutmeg be a hermaphrodite? Can a hermaphroditic young'un fertilize eggs? I will post pics tomorrow of her in the sunlight. No crowing. Not even when we egg her on by doing crowing imitations . This shows a little blurry but the shape & sheen of hacle feathers maybe? they're growng longer & very shiny of late This is her saddle feathers, which are a little pointier lately. Any ideas?